ISSUE 31 – OUT IN JANUARY 08 WAS BE JUICED UP WITH...
GOOD VIBRATIONS AND SMACKING LEFTS! (AND OUR FREE ANNUAL TRAVEL GUIDE!)
FIRST HIT: CHILE
“The climatic diversity of this country is as astonishing as the friendliness of the people. From the edges of the driest desert in the world to lush coastal rainforests to high mountain peaks and everything in between. Now add heaps of consistent swell and wind that wrap on seemingly endless point breaks and you've got a port tack wave rider's dream. Almost. There is one catch. It is cold. Bone chilling cold. Nipple-cracking cold. Seal your sphinx with hot wax and pray to God it doesn't leak cold.” - Jeff Pfeffer
SECOND HIT: HOOD RIVER, USA
The Gorge is unlike any kiteboarding destination we have ever been. For starters, it blows everyday in the summer and the people of Hood River are united by a common attitude, that had I not experienced first hand, would have passed off as cheesy with their “Right ons” and “You bets”.Conducting the interviews and research I had planned were difficult to execute as everyone was on the water all the time. And I do mean all the time. The place is crawling, not only with wind-addicts, but with connoisseurs of just about all the great outdoor activities man has managed to invent. Whether they're bouncing around the river attached to an inflatable kite or sliding down a mountain... when it's on, it seems every pro, Joe, man, woman and child are there to enjoy it all together, and it's impossible not to get swept along with the excitement and fit right in.
In issue #31, we profile some of the characters that are synonymous with the scene there and highlight the reasons they believe this part of Hood River has achieved cult status among wind-addicted travellers over the last 20 years.
Crank out the most powerful top turns in Turn and Face, progress from hooked-in front rolls to the slim chance in the Motor Drive Project and in the intermediate chapter crack the back roll and hand-plant transitions. We also uncover the latest in teaching techniques and it means the death of the figure of 8!
The latest RRD, Best, Airush kites and more go through the testing mill.
Identify your anonymous heroes, get to know the secrets of the next new spot; Peru and don't forget issue #31 comes with our free bumper Travel Guide supplement.
You can't handle any more!